The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG had its official introduction, after it has been teased and later leaked. The new model, which is set to have its public unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show, has the usual AMG modifications when it comes to styling. It features bolder bumpers, thicker side sills, bigger 19-inch alloy wheels and a quad exhaust setup that make the car appear more menacing.
But then, others claim that it should still seem meaner. It is powered by an updated Euro 6-compliant twin-turbo V8 5.5-liter engine, producing 585 bhp (436 kW) and 900 Nm (664 lb-ft). The direct-injected gasoline engine includes Piezo injectors and an all-aluminum crankcase that comes with four valves per cylinder (with camshaft adjustment).
The mill features an air-to-water intercooler and an ECO start/stop function. It gets a seven-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT sports transmission that comes in three modes: "C" (Controlled Efficiency), "S" (Sport) and "M" (Manual). In comparison to the former model, the new S63 AMG is lighter by as much as 220 lbs (100 kg) due to its use of AMG forged alloys, a lightweight lithium-ion battery (-20 kg / 44 lbs) and a two-piece braking system that weighs less.
The outer skin of the car as well as the roof and front end uses aluminium. Meanwhile, the spare wheel recess is built from carbon fiber. Because of this, the short wheelbase model has a weight of 4,343 lbs (1,970 kg) with the fuel tank 90% filled but exclusive of driver and luggage. Under the same conditions, the long wheelbase model weighs 4,398 lbs (1,995 kg).
2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG can accelerate from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.4 seconds for both SWB and LWB versions. The speed of the all-wheel drive 4MATIC long-wheelbase model is faster than the other two and can do the sprint in only 4 seconds. The three models can reach a maximum speed of 155 mph or 250 km/h (electronically limited).
The visual impact of the new Mercedes-Benz SLS S63 AMG highly speaks of its exclusive, dynamic and elegant design. This is thanks to a number of factors like the signature hallmark Mercedes sensual forms, a sleek silhouette and classic architecture as well as its classic AMG design cues.
Defining the prestigious position of the SLS S63 AMG as an S-Class is its large, upright and three-dimensional radiator grille as elegantly contrasted by the front apron with its three large cooling air intakes. Underlining the exclusivity and power of the vehicle as an AMG creation is the front apron with high-gloss black grilles that prominently display the stylized "A," which is considered a signature of AMG vehicles.
The side air intakes feature high gloss black air deflectors called flics – a design element that is typically found in motorsport – that could optimize airflow to the cooling modules. Finished in silver chrome, the three-dimensional front splitter helps reduce aerodynamic lift.
Meanwhile, the side sill panels feature three-dimensional silver chrome inserts that help make the SLS S63 AMG seem closer to the road while – along the so-called “dropping line” -- making the flanks look more dynamic.
The new SLS S63 AMG – just like other AMG creations – rides on large light-alloy wheels that allow for a clear view of the AMG high-performance braking system. The front wing of the SLS S63 AMG is laden with the "V8 BITURBO" lettering, thereby identifying the car as the top-of-the-range eight-cylinder model. This new lettering also features in the "S63 AMG" model designation on the boot lid.
Completing the exterior design of the new SLS S63 AMG are its two chromed twin tailpipes of the AMG sports exhaust system with exhaust flaps as well as its black diffuser insert with silver chrome trim.